In an extremely shocking revelation made by Indian Mujahiddeen chief Ahmad Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal to the NIA investigation team interrogating him, he said that Indian Mujahiddeen had planned to detonate a small nuclear bomb in Surat. The news report dated December 30, 2013 by Times of India says that the as per the interrogation reports of Yasin Bhatkal, he was in touch with terrorists in Pakistan to procure a small nuclear bomb which can be detonated in Surat.
Bhatkal told the interrogators that he had asked his Pakistan-based boss Riyaz Bhatkal over phone whether a small “nuclear bomb” could be arranged by the latter. According to him, Riyaz responded, “Anything can be arranged in Pakistan”.
“Riyaz told me that attacks can be done with nuclear bombs. I requested him to look for one nuclear bomb for Surat,” Yasin told the officials.
“Riyaz told me Muslims would also die in the nuclear bomb blast, to which I said that we would paste posters in mosques asking every Muslim to quietly evacuate their families from the city,” Yasin said, according to the report.
However, the plan could neither be initiated nor executed since Yasin Bhatkal was tracked by the IB and arrested on August 27 in Pokhra, Nepal after which he was constantly questioned by the NIA, Intelligence Bureau and police of several states.
Surat was always on Bhatkal’s radar and had played an important role in preparing 27 bombs along with Atif Ameen in 2008 when serial blasts rocked Delhi, Jaipur and Ahmedabad. As per intelligence officials, Yasin Bhatkal himself was the bomb expert of Indian Mujahideen and after his arrest, the outfit’s bomb-making capabilities have been severely affected. Indian mujahiddeen chief Bhatkal also gave the details of army level training of IM cadres and other terrorists in Pakistan, clearly exposing the role of Pakistan. Yasin, on the training of Indian Mujahiddeen soldiers, said, “Training included morning PT, weapon handling and explosive/IED training, pistols to revolvers, AK-47 etc. Indian weapons like LMG, SLR and sniper rifles and so forth”.